Yet again today the hard-pressed residents of Sully have picked up their protest placards and come out in force – and in stony silence – to try to persuade the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council to leave their village alone.
As most PDN readers will know, the Vale Council’s so-called “Local Development Plan” is set to foist an allocation for more than a 1,000 new homes on – and around – the village ; a development which will place huge infrastructure pressures on Penarth as well on Sully itself.
Today members of the much-criticised Vale of Glamorgan planning committee were carrying out a “site visit” on the 37 acres of the Sully Sports and Leisure Club where developers St Modwen plan to build 200 new homes. The development is a “hybrid” scheme which – subject to planning permission – will also provide for new sports pitches, a bowls club, a new clubhouse and various other facilities.
More than 50 demonstrators – including young mothers and babies – stood with placards in a silent show of strength and resolve as the planning committee members discussed the scheme with officials, examined the plans and took a first-hand look at the site.
The planning committee site-visit was a preliminary to tonight’s meeting of the full Vale of Glamorgan Council Planning Committee which will consider a recommendation from the Vale’s planning committee to reject the contentious hybrid scheme.
There has already been a row about hundreds of fake “letters of support” for the scheme from local residents – which turned out bear forged signatures – and about the involvement of the chairman of the Vale Council’s planning committee Cllr Fred Johnson – who is Company Secretary of the firm that owns the sports club.
Today Vale of Glamorgan Council workmen passing in refuse lorries shouted “build more houses!” as the protestors continued their silent and dignified demonstration.